This mosaic was created by combining two images that were taken 96 seconds apart. The MESSENGER spacecraft has to be farther from the planet, in the southern portion of its orbit, to acquire these views. Mercury's cratered surface is highlighted dramatically near the terminator (the division between the sunlit dayside and the dark nightside of the planet), reflecting Mercury's history of being battered by impacting objects through the ages.
Date acquired: May 07, 2013
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Page Last Updated: July 28th, 2013
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